Hair Restoration at Quintessa Aesthetic Centers with Dr. Daniel Butz
Dr. Daniel Butz
Hair loss is a very common concern among many young men and even young women. It’s generally genetic really related. And a lot of people think that there’s nothing they can do. And this often leads to insecurities and concerns about what their hairline and what they can expect in the future. Fortunately, things have really tremendously changed over the last number of years from the traditional punch and grafts that used to be done leaving very unnatural appearances. Now with newer, more finesse and fine techniques can really provide a more natural full hairline that can really last you a lifetime.
Surgical options for hair loss kind of fall into two different categories. There’s either what people refer to as FUE or follicular unit extraction which typically requires the extraction of individual hair follicles with a specialized drill. And these are then carefully placed where we want them to take. Typically we are taking hairs from the back of the scalp, what we call the donor area that is resistant to balding, and moving them to the frontal hairline to improve that density and the contour of it and also the crown of the scalp. This leaves no linear scar, which is very good for patients that want to wear their hair short. And the procedure itself is very well tolerated and done under local anesthesia here in the office, depending on how many hairs are drain transfers determines the length of the procedure. And afterward, it’s just a matter of taking care of them for the first several days to allow them to heal and recover well.
The other common category we call a strip technique or follicular unit transfer, which for patients that have longer hair or for women who it’s a little easier to conceal a scar, you may take a strip as a hair from the back of the scalp, and that is closed like an incision, so you do end up with a long scar. But that way you’re able to harvest more grafts a little more efficiently. And then the placement of the grass were actually pretty much the same method. It’s just the difference of how we harvest them is what kind of differentiates these options.
So they’re both good options. This just depends on patient preference, hairstyle, expectations, and what your kind of overall goals are. But both of them are able to lead to really long-lasting natural results. The patients can really allow them to increase their self-confidence moving forward.